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EEA Virtual Event

In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic the EEA events are not happening physically in New York City, that is why today it took place the First Ever Virtual Event.

It was a half-day event to explore blockchain applications, technical insights, reference architectures, and practical business use cases. Our teams connected remotely from New York, Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

The content of the event covered everything from the state of Ethereum in the enterprise to the growing use of the Ethereum Mainnet for business process automation.

The topics included among others:

  • The State of Enterprise Ethereum Adoption
  • Use Cases Built on Ethereum Mainnet
  • Baseline Protocol
  • Ethereum Adoption Tracks
  • The Enterprise Blockchain Technology Stack and Roadmap
  • Ethereum in Finance
  • Community: Through the Lens of the Ethereum Foundation
  • Blockchain for Social Impact

Speakers from many global companies included Banco Santander, BP, EY, Microsoft, JP Morgan, Ethereum Foundation, ConsenSys, Chainlink, Unibright, Fnality, Envision Blockchain Solutions, PegaSys, Provide Technologies and LimeChain.

The networking platform worked very well and we had the opportunity to interact and meet colleagues in the community.


ZirconTech team has been working for several years with the Ethereum platform, and has been keeping up to date with enterprise customer demands by developing competencies and implementing projects in Quorum and Hyperledger Besu.

Quorum is a platform developed by J.P. Morgan through its Blockchain Center of Excellence, leading efforts for Distributed Ledger Technology applications. It is an enterprise blockchain platform, a fork of the public Ethereum client ‘geth’ with several protocol level enhancements to support business needs. The primary purpose of the Quorum project was to develop an enterprise Ethereum client which empowers businesses to embrace and benefit from blockchain technology.

Hyperledger Besu is an open-source Ethereum client developed under the Apache 2.0 license and written in Java. It runs on the Ethereum public network, private networks, and test networks such as Rinkeby, Ropsten, and Görli. Besu implements Proof of Work (Ethash) and Proof of Authority (IBFT 2.0 and Clique) consensus mechanisms.

The welcome of the event to the state of Enterprise Ethereum Adoption was from John Whelan, (Banco Santander) and Yorke Rhodes III (Microsoft). John highlighted the 5th birthday of Ethereum Mainnet as the day of the event. He is the Chairman of the board of EEA, and te Managing Director of Digital Investment Innovation at Banco Santander.

Maria Concepcion (Coty) de Monteverde, from Banco Santander spoke about Finance applications, the Digital Bonds issuance on the Ethereum Mainnet. She is the Blockchain Center of Excellence Director in Santander, and is a Board Member at the Alastria Blockchain Ecosystem.

More finance applications with Ethereuem came from Christine Moy (J.P. Morgan), Artem Korenyuk (DTCC); Valerie Dahiya (Perkins Coie LLP) and Adam Clarke (Fnality).

Vanessa Grellet from ConsenSys addressed the topic of Blockchain for Social Impact, talking about Payments and Financial Inclusion.

Earlier on July 8th, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance announced the appointment of Dr. Daniel Burnett as Executive Director, who was instrumental in the rollout of the Baseline Protocol, and is a former PegaSys Blockchain Standards Architect. During the event, EEA Chairman John Whelan hosted a fireside chat with Daniel “Dan” Burnett. Dan will serve as a catalyst for the EEA’s growth by identifying ways to accelerate the pace of Ethereum innovation and adoption.


This month was also published some key ecosystem results like the Ethereum Mainnet Use Case Analysis v1. The EEA published the first analysis in a series of reports focused on the current state of the Ethereum ecosystem and utilization of the Ethereum public blockchain (Mainnet) –

2020 has been a year of remarkable enterprise Ethereum advances from the Baseline Protocol to enterprise Mainnet use cases in automation, business integration, finance, supply chain, and sustainability-focused carbon accounting efforts”. Daniel Norkin at Envision Blockchain and Tas Dienes at the Ethereum Foundation worked in tha analysis. The insights play a key role to Ethereum adoption and utilization. Stefan Schmidt at Unibright, Mark Caraway at BlockApps, and John Wolpert at ConsenSys also provided valuable contributions to this report.

GLH 2020 Global Legal Hackaton Argentina

Del 6 al 8 de marzo se realizó el Global Legal Hackathon en más de 50 ciudades de 25 países de todo el mundo, con más de 5.000 participantes.

Aún es ampliamente considerado como el Hackathon legal más grande del mundo y podría muy bien ser uno de los más grandes (si no el más grande) de 2020. Este año, muchos participaron en los Estados Unidos y el Reino Unido, junto con Argentina y Brasil, hasta China, Sudáfrica y varios más. La gente lanzó ideas, formó equipos y creó soluciones legales basadas en la tecnología. Al final del evento estos equipos presentaron sus soluciones a un panel de jueces. En última instancia, había un equipo ganador en cada ubicación los cuales avanzaron a la siguiente ronda.


Los ganadores y participantes anteriores de #GLH2018 y #GLH2019 vuelven a ser anfitriones por primera vez después de crear compañías y organizaciones. Hay una afluencia de apoyo de los participantes anteriores para continuar por tercer año consecutivo o incluso solicitar ser voluntario, lo que demuestra que la comunidad que ha creado el Global Legal Hackathon es algo muy importante.

La idea sigue siendo la misma: reunir a las personas para ver si pueden construir un modelo de trabajo de un producto legal basado en software. Se trata de dar la oportunidad a cualquiera de probar una idea y proporcionar la mejor plataforma para hacerlo.

Este año se lanzó un #GLHInclusivityChallenge. Coincidiendo con el Día Internacional de la Mujer, los equipos de Hackathon se inspiraron para desarrollar nuevas soluciones para aumentar la equidad, la diversidad y la inclusión en la industria legal del mundo.

El año pasado el #GLH2019 se desarrolló el 23 y 24 e incluyó a Buenos Aires en la agenda.
A último momento, ZirconTech pudo trabajar remotamente y presentar una solución en la cual se creaba una plantilla para contratos de servicios profesionales que podía ser activado en la plataforma Monax.
La edición #GLH2020 en Buenos Aires presentó una notoria superación. BILDENLEX ABOGADOS y la Asociación LEGALTECH ARGENTINA han venido trabajando activamente en desarrollar acciones distintivas para que la innovación legal permita nuevas perspectivas de trabajo. Del 6 al 8 de marzo de 2020 tuvo lugar en Buenos Aires el Tercer Global Legal Hackathon organizado por BILDENLEX ABOGADOS y otras instituciones. El evento se desarrolló en las oficinas de IOV Labs.

Los objetivos de la competencia comprendieron en el ámbito privado, la empresa y la práctica del derecho. En el ámbito público, la gobernabilidad, los sistemas legales y el acceso a la justicia. Finalmente, desde el punto de vista de la diversidad se procuraba enfrentar el desafío de la inclusividad. Los participantes y equipos de todo el mundo, en cada ciudad de Global Legal Hackaton, tenían el desafío de inventar nuevas formas de aumentar la equidad, la diversidad y la inclusión en la industria legal.

ZirconTech participó como sponsor del evento que llevó adelante Bildenlex Abogados con otras instituciones.

Apertura del evento – Día 1

Juan Pablo Mas Velez abrió el evento en directo, vía videoconferencia desde Francia.

Primer panel
GLH2020 Argentina – Mariano Heller – cómo innovar en la justicia
GLH2020 Argentina: Quiroga – intersección entre el derecho y la tecnología
Comienzo del Día 2

Guillermo Navarro, socio fundador de Bildenlex Abogados decía recién terminado el hackaton que “no había palabras para explicar lo que salió. Con la presencia de más de 120 personas y 7 equipos, compitieron durante 3 días para llevar a cabo una aplicación”.

Los equipos ganadores fueron los siguientes:

1- Mayoría: Impulsores legales de class action
2- Behive: gestión y optimización de las causas probono
3- Segui tu causa: Accesibilidad de la información judicial

Luego del Global Legal Hackaton la organización presentó el mapa de Legaltech Argentino, e invitó a otras entidades a sumarse. Luego de la presentación del viernes prentenden ampliar y que llegue a todos los profesionales que se quieran sumar.

ZirconTech Fordham University - Blockchain - Block Talk Summit 2020

Block Talk Summit 2020 – Fordham University, New York.

New York, January 20th, 2020

Although nearly two decades were required to develop “digital ledger technology” (aka blockchain technology), it has only taken five years to lay the foundation of a promising future relating to such technology – a foundation that is reshaping the entire way the service industry is being thought of.  As blockchain technology continues to develop and as applications utilizing such technology become more widely used, understanding and incorporating digital transformation must be a top priority for companies and governments in order to remain competitive in the global economy.

ZirconTech was present at the Block Talk Summit 2020, which took place in New York on January 18th, and showed how blockchain technology is already having real world impacts and inaugurating a new era in technology. For example, New Power Foundation Ltd., one of the hosts of the Summit, is an energy blockchain startup project supported by Chinese government which is developing a public blockchain platform that allows worldwide investors to invest in green energy projects in various countries through purchasing tokens. But that’s not all. Other companies from diverse sectors – financial services, law, medicine, among others – are also incorporating blockchain technology into their businesses.

Chinese government has released the digital currency for RMB (yuan or renminbi), and Facebook’s Libra is on the corner. How does blockchain’s future look like in China and US. The Block Talk Summit 2020 conference in New York City aimed to answer this.

Hosted by New Power Chain at the Fordham University, McNally Amphitheater, the 2020 Block Talk Summit brought together the elite of the blockchain industry from US and China including top chain projects, exchange platforms, advisory firms, and law firms to discuss and share their valuable insights on challenges and solutions with blockchain application in various industries. This event included keynote speeches, panel discussion, and industry talk.

During a panel discussion at the Summit, the speakers exchanged views concerning how blockchain technology is already transforming the Chinese economy and the financial services sector, which has already significantly changed the world in a very short period of time.

New laws – state, federal and international – which promote the use and development of blockchain technology have not yet been fully developed or coordinated.  This technology requires new technological infrastructures and payment instruments – both which are evolving rapidly. ZirconTech stands ready and is well-positioned to support the development of such infrastructures and instruments, and to help write a new chapter of digital transformation concerning blockchain and related technologies. ZirconTech is building the present and will be ready to help build the future.

Featured Topics at the Summit:

The blockchain application on energy industry. Chinese government has made an official announcement to promote the blockchain application in different industry, and the energy blockchain is one of them. A leading energy blockchain project powered by Chinese government, and energy industrial experts from US discussed how the blockchain revolution in energy gonna impact the world.

Legal and compliance in cryptocurrency market. A lot of countries have set up the law to enforce the license of running the digital currency exchange. Some big exchange like Binance is on the fire. Key opinion leaders from blockchain law firms discussed the difference between US and China about the regulation policy on crypto trading.

Decentralized Finance(DeFi). Chinese government has released the digital currency. Facebook is promoting the Libra. JP Morgan has their own coin. Those are all DeFi projects. One of the feature topics of this conference covered the DeFi and its influence on the financial markets.

Blockchain Technology. Technology is the key pillar of blockchain. Well-known public chain projects gave inspiring talks on the latest blockchain technology

Event Topics

BLOCKCHAIN

DECENTRALIZATION

DEFI

ENERGY

LAW

Venue: Fordham University, McNally Amphitheater 140 W 62nd St New York, NY

ZirconTech posicionado en el primer mapa sobre el ecosistema blockchain en Latinoamérica

ZirconTech posicionado como empresa de consultoría, software y servicios empresariales en el primer mapa sobre el ecosistema blockchain en Latinoamérica.

A fines de octubre de 2019 se presentó el primer mapa sobre el ecosistema blockchain de Latinoamérica el cual ha permitido tener un diagnóstico sobre el escenario de utilización de la tecnología a nivel regional. Este trabajo fue realizado por la Alianza Blockchain Iberoamérica, Blockchain Summit Latam y la ONG Bitcoin Argentina, con el apoyo de América Economía.

Se realizó una encuesta y el mapa con el interés de dar a conocer y apoyar el desarrollo de startups en la región y agrupar partners que agregan valor, fundamental para un trabajo colaborativo.

ZirconTech comenzó sus operaciones en 2016 y en este mapa de Latinoamérica se ha posicionado como una de las empresas consultoría, software y servicios empresariales. En estos años ha ampliado su presencia en América Latina con nuevos proyectos en Argentina, Chile, Colombia y Uruguay, y ha fortalecido las actividades en América del Norte, con énfasis en las comunidades tecnológicas de Los Ángeles, Nueva York y San Francisco.

https://zircon.tech/blog/2019/11/29/zircontech-continues-expansion-in-north-america-while-taking-a-leading-role-in-blockchain-initiatives-in-latin-america/

Dentro de las conclusiones del relevamiento se observó que debe diversificarse la matriz y correr más riesgos. Es necesaria más vinculación con representantes latinos en el mundo, y atraer su experiencia, y se ha sugerido la necesidad de atraer aceleradoras y fondos de capital de riesgo a la industria.

ZirconTech Carves a Niche with Solutions of Resolute Character That Get Noticed at GoodFirms

Washington D.C., December 26th 2019.

 


ZirconTech is a force to reckon in the world of digital development and secured solutions and has uprightly made a place for themselves among the top mobile app development companies.

To gain more insights on their services at the offer and their capabilities, take a good look at the ZirconTech’s GoodFirms profile.

Headnote About Zircontech

 

Founded in 2016, ZirconTech is a trusted partner that helps organizations to thrive and meet their objectives through a digital transformation through their proficiency in mobility, cloud computing, and blockchain technology. This firm is a group of technology enthusiasts with an experience of more than twenty years of collaborating on challenging projects. Having joined forces in recent years to accompany businesses in their path of digital transformation with state-of-the-art technology solutions, they have essayed many successful journeys.

Their core team of experienced engineers is capable of producing deliverables in various types of app categories. Carrying out the most complex of projects while processing design and development, they provide full-cycle development from ideation to finish. Expertise in difference diverse nature and practical experiences in one’s domain is what makes this team more dynamic and capable of dealing with every difficulty as an opportunity.

ZirconTech not only delivers new apps or modernize legacy applications, but they also balance the cost and the complexity of the digital transformation of a business. Their application management is intelligent, efficient, and secure. Carried with the use of automation tools, cognitive assets, and standard security practices, their management helps businesses keep their competition in check and stay ahead in the race.

How GoodFirms Is Helpful to Businesses

GoodFirms is a renowned analysis and review portal where different businesses get enlisted to get periodic accreditation. Quality, Reliability, and Ability – are the three principal models mainly taken into consideration at GoodFirms. To better gauge the capability of a firm, these parameters are further subdivided into the quality of services delivered by the company, expertise in the skill sets possessed by the team, customer feedback, and the overall experience of the firm in the domain among several others.

ZirconTech was also assessed based on these crucial business standards set by the GoodFirms research team. The classification of the evaluation process conducted is discussed below, mentioning their key functioning areas.

Mobile App Solutions of Tomorrow, Today

ZirconTech bases its mobile app development on the most widely spread technologies. Their team of competent developers implement the agile methodology and leverage their experience in cross-platform development to produce winning apps. A combination of avant-garde and traditional UI tactics helps businesses excel in their digital strategy.

Staying abreast of the current trends and focus on delivering that enhances user engagement through intuitive and responsive design and development, the solutions by the firm help businesses lead in the market. Well-versed in various programming languages and frameworks, their solutions are in MongoDB, PHP, Java, React, React Native, HTML5, and JavaScripts.

A propensity to deliver preeminent solutions developed riding experience and expertise has driven ZirconTech to the podium of top app development companies in Buenos Aires at GoodFirms.

A Digital World on the Clouds

The world has faced towards the cloud and has given more mobility to businesses in operation. Cloud computing not only takes the burden of handling infrastructure, but also imparts high data security, scalability, and control. With years of experience in this field, ZirconTech has developed the expertise and framework that allows them to deliver consultancy services for cloud adoption strategy, transform applications, and also provide the required support.

Practical experience with platforms like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Compute Platform, IBM Bluemix, and Openstack, including Iaas (Infrastructure as a Service) among others, has enabled the firm to meet any client requirement and provide the best in class solutions. They have helped turn ideas into solutions with numerous services to build, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud using frameworks that the client desires.

The firm’s inclusion in the list of the best cloud computing companies in Argentina at GoodFirms is a direct result of their aptitude and authority in the field of cloud computing.

 

 

 

Solutions for New Building Blocks of Technology

ZirconTech has translated their past few years of blockchain application development to build secure solutions on private and public blockchains. Their core unit of dexterous developers will take care of a full-stack development right from deploying nodes to essaying the smart contracts while designing and developing the front end.

The firm is committed to ensuring security as well as stability to the blockchain through the stock of knowledge datacenters. Bringing scalability and high performance, they provide a full spectrum of blockchain development services with professional insights. The blockchain developers at the firm empower businesses by creating a cohesive ecosystem through accessible and reliable transactions utilizing technologies like LACChain, Monax, RSK, Quorum, and Corda.

Solutions laced with adroitness and tenacity to keep finding solutions will soon merit ZirconTech a spot amongst the coveted list of the leading blockchain technology companies at GoodFirms.

 

 

About GoodFirms

Washington, D.C. based GoodFirms is a maverick B2B Research and Reviews Company that helps in finding mobile app development, cloud computing, and blockchain development companies rendering the best services to its customers. GoodFirms’ extensive research process ranks the companies, boosts their online reputation and helps service seekers pick the right technology partner that meets their business needs.

 

About the Author

Anna Stark is presently working as a Content Writer with GoodFirms – Washington D.C. based B2B Research Company, which bridges the gap between service seekers and service providers. Anna’s current role lingers in her to shape every company’s performance and key attributes into words. She firmly believes in the magic of words and equips new strategies that work, always in with ideas, something new to carve, and something original to decorate the firm’s identity.

UM - Aplicación de blockchain en los acuerdos legales

Brum Costa Abogados – ZirconTech en la Universidad de Montevideo.

Montevideo, 14 de noviembre de 2019

Brum Costa Abogados y ZiconTech están trabajando conjuntamente explorando cómo los contratos inteligentes pueden modelar distintos escenarios jurídicos y ser implementados rápidamente con plataformas como Monax, modelando procesos de negocio en alto nivel y sin necesidad de escribir código informático de bajo nivel.

Esta alianza está enfocada en aportar soluciones a empresas que gestionan un importante stock de contratos. Permite la administración automatizada de los procesos de cada contrato, desde la etapa precontractual, pasando por la suscripción, los pagos sucesivos e incluso las renovaciones y su archivo. La gestión automatizada permite reducir sustancialmente los recursos utilizados habitualmente en este tipo de procesos.

En una charla organizada por Brum Costa Abogados y ZirconTech, y con el apoyo de la Universidad de Montevideo, expusieron el Ing. Alejandro Narancio con una introducción general a blockchain y contratos inteligentes, y el Dr. Gustavo Gauthier habló de casos de uso de contratos inteligentes. También la Dra. Sofia Milsev abordó los desafíos para la protección de datos y el Ing. Martín Machin presentó algunas implementaciones de acuerdos legales utilizando la plataforma Monax.

Alejandro Narancio realizó una introducción general a blockchain y expuso sobre la plataforma Ethereum y el modelado de contratos inteligentes con Solidity.

Gustavo Gauthier comentó sobre trabajos que se vienen realizando con contratos inteligentes basados en blockchain, y algunos casos de uso en desarrollo en materia laborarl y servicios.

Sofía Milsev abordó el tema de la protección de datos y sus desafíos con el uso de blockchain. Explicó las tensiones actuales, qué hace falta y algunos posibles caminos de solución.

Finalmente Martin Machin presentó la plataforma Monax y la Red de Acuerdos, los cuales están basados en Hyperledger y el proyecto Burrow. Se mostraron algunos casos prácticos de contratos modelados con esta plataforma que se vienen explorando y desarrollando en Argentina, Chile, Colombia y Uruguay.

Event Topics

BLOCKCHAIN

SMART CONTRACTS

LEGALTECH

LAW

DECENTRALIZATION

Venue: Universidad de Montevideo, Facultad de Ingeniería, Montevideo, Uruguay.

September 30th, 2018

ZirconTech has been previously talking with Clause.io in March in New York City, and we spoke about our blockchain usage based insurance application (BUBI) and the legal aspect.

We have seen ideas on taking a contract and derive a smart contract associated to the text, using natural language processing techniques.

It is interesting to explore how to take steps in the legal aspects of actual insurance contracts and moving into the blockchain and smart contracts.

Our BUBI product is developed on top of Hyperledger and a platform like Clause possibly could be used for payments or pricing. This could be driven from the user pain points in manually managing a contract like this. There are pain areas where the insurance companies can improve with contract automation. As a blockchain pioneer in Latin America, ZirconTech is always looking at the latest developments in technology in order to continue being a leading software application company. The development of blockchain based legal technology is a key element in the development roadmap of ZirconTech products and services.

Last May Clause smart legal contract experts Peter Hunn, Dan Selman and Matt Roberts Smart in the webinar “Legal Contracts: optimise or disrupt?” shared how to get started with digitizing existing or new contractual relationships and connecting them to enterprise data sources, blockchains or payment/invoicing systems.

Open Source standards from the Accord Project and Clause can improve the efficiency and quality of companies contractual relationships, or create new business models that can disrupt entire industries.

Now at the end of September, Clause announced the availability of the Public Beta.

This tutorial lets you use an Advanced Template without writing any code: https://clause.elevio.help/en/articles/52  

Clause can connect contracts with payment mechanisms. Where Stripe is not available, we can develop custom integrations like in the case of Latin America with regional stakeholders.

As indicated by Dan Selman, you can use Clause to digitize any type of legal agreement and automate its operations by connecting contracts to other software platforms or to data about the real world from sensors and other sources.

The new features include being able to edit and upload your own Smart Clause templates and share them with other members in your company.

March 8th, 2018

James Waugh with the Hyperledger NYC and The Accord Project hosted the Composer workshop at Rise (43 W 23rd St, New York), with flatbread pizza, beer and wine courtesy of the event sponsor, BakerHostetler.

Rise New York
Rise New York

The event included a presentation and workshop led by the Accord Project, the world’s only organization focused on developing open-source standards for smart legal contracts.

Based on the Hyperledger Composer, it was a very interesting update on the blockchain standards and potential solutions for the legal industry.

It was very good to learn about Cicero (https://accordproject.org/projects/cicero/), where you can create reusable machine readable natural-language contracts and clauses using the Cicero templating system.

Cicero provides a universal format to structure clauses, sections, or whole contracts as machine readable objects that are capable of being searched, analyzed, and executed.

https://github.com/accordproject/cicero

https://github.com/accordproject/cicero-template-library

The Accord Project is a nonprofit initiative that operates in conjunction with IEEE, Hyperledger, Clio, the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management, Open Identity Exchange, Trusted IoT Alliance, the Sovrin Foundation, and many others to produce technical and legal standards for smart legal contracts, along with an open-source, blockchain-agnostic middleware protocol.

Comprised of seven working groups, the Accord Project is backed by some of the biggest law firms in the world, including K&L Gates, BakerHostetler, Holland & Knight, Linklaters, McDermott Will & Emery, and many others. The Project is also partnered with schools: NYU, Blockchain at Berkeley, the University College of London Centre for Blockchain Technology, Cornell Tech, New York Law School, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and more.

The Open-source codebase is at https://github.com/accordproject

Houman Shadab from Clause.io introducing The Accord Project at Rise New York

Dan Selman and Houman Shadab from Clause.io had previously elaborated about Making Legal Contracts Smart.

The potential to automate a wide variety of business transactions in a way that is secure, transparent, and flexible will likely be one of the most transformational benefits of blockchain. However, software applications that use distributed ledger technology to automate business processes are often confusingly referred to as “smart contracts” despite not being tied to any legally binding obligation or, worse still, not being enforceable in court. In contrast are smart legal contracts: legally binding agreements whose underlying logic is transformed through computation to enable automation, software connectivity, and dynamic business arrangements”. 

The core of Cicero is a smart contract templating system made up of three components. The first is a template’s grammar, which consists of natural language contract text that identifies data-oriented variables such as price, date, etc. Second is the template’s data model that provides a framework for categorizing the variables and the components of the business context that operationalize smart contracts. Once the elements of a legal contract and the business context are categorized with a data-oriented modeling language, the contract can then be executed using the template’s operational logic — the third component of Cicero’s smart contract templating system.

We chose the Hyperledger Composer modeling language because it is a great fit for smart legal contracts and is able to be put to use immediately. Composer is general enough to model any type of contract and make them executable in a variety of environments — a core requirement the Accord Project’s protocol agnosticism”.

IEEE and The Accord Project Partnered to Develop Techno-Legal Standards:

The partnership began with development of a standards framework for optimizing the supply chain to drive industry adoption.

As announced on February 2018, “IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) and the Accord Project, indicated the intention to develop techno-legal standards that address smart contract applications in a wide variety of areas, beginning with supply chain operations. Initially, the collaboration will involve creating a 12-member working team of critical stakeholders that includes supply chain operational executives, blockchain architecture technologists, smart contract developers, legal experts, and industry advocacy groups, in the hopes of ensuring a balanced consensus throughout the standards development process”.

Again Houman Shadab, Co-Founder of Clause.io previously had elaborated on why Techno-Legal Standards were needed for Smart Contracts:

As the potential benefits of blockchain-based “smart contracts” become widely understood, a lingering question remains: how will they gain widespread adoption?

In the past, fundamental changes to the technical and legal aspects of markets were adopted  not just by market forces but also by overt cooperation and coordination to develop standards. For example, in 1947 the International Organization for Standardization formed and since then has become a universally recognized source for providing standards that drive quality assurances and harmonization across a wide range of industries and business practices. Likewise, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association in the 1980s catalyzed the global market for financial derivatives by establishing standards for contract structures important practices such as risk management — which would be all but impossible without the standards”.

Diana Lease and Dave Lee from Clause.io

The Accord Project can be followed in Slack, with all standards for legal smart contracts.

While in Hyperledger, it is expected to support Ethereum and Corda.

In the workshop where addressed the legal and technical standards and open-source approach.

If was provided a perishable foods example in connection with internet of things (Trusted IoT alliance and Blockchain).

Several lawyers from many firms were participating in the meeting.

ZirconTech is seeing a great opportunity in the development of legal tech with blockchain based smart contracts.

This event has been a great opportunity to learn about The Accord Project and meet Clause.io team.

As a blockchain pioneer in Latin America, ZirconTech is always looking at the latest developments in Hyperledger technology in order to continue being a leading software application company. The development of blockchain based legal technology is a key element in the development roadmap of ZirconTech products and services.

March 6th, 2018

The second EEA NYC Meetup took place at Fordham University McNally Amphitheatre, 140 West 62nd Street New York. The meeting explored how blockchain technology is being used to increasingly automate legal agreements, issues related to enforceability of smart contracts, machine-to-machine contracting, and whether existing laws like the E-Sign Act, ESRA and UETA are sufficient to address enforceability concerns.

The event was moderated by Vanessa Grellet, Executive Director of Strategy, Enterprise & Social Impact at ConsenSys.

Blockchain technology is useful for more than just simply digital currencies like Ether and Bitcoin. Relying on a blockchain, parties can also deploy autonomous smart contract programs, which can be used to model all or parts of formal legal agreements.

These topics were addressed by Stuart D. Levi, co-head of Skadden’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group; David M. Adlerstein, counsel in the Corporate Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; and Andrea Tinianow, Chief Innovation Officer for Global Kompass Strategies.

Andrea Tinianow conceived and was the founding director of the Delaware Blockchain Initiative which gave rise to the “Blockchain Amendments” to Delaware’s General Corporation Law. These amendments expressly authorize corporations to issue and maintain their stock ledgers on a blockchain. Andrea is a member of the global Wharton RegTech think tank. She is also an advisory board member of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. In 2017, MarketsMedia awarded Andrea its “Women in Finance Award” for Excellence in Blockchain.

ZirconTech has started a process of evaluation and testing all emerging blockchain based legal technologies, and this was again another great opportunity to interact with the key global lines of development.

Later was the case of Amberdata demonstration, where they showcased the product. Amberdata commented about the customer pain points and argued that everyone needs transparency into the state and health of blockchain infrastructure, applications and transactions. That means no operational instrumentation, no monitoring, alerting, search or insights, and no visibility into scalability, availability and throughput. There are unique challenges operating decentralized.

Trail of Bits discussed the case Manticore, the smart contract analysis. It uses symbolic execution of EVM to deeply explore possible contract states across multiple transactions and contracts. It discovers functions directly from bytecode, detects contracts flaws like int overflows, uninitialized memory and storage usage, among other features. It also verifies customized program assertions. Manticore is open source and can be found at https://github.com/trailofbits/manticore

As a second initiative, Trail of Bits introduced Echidna, a smart contract testing solution. It uses fuzzing and input generation to generate and execute many contract inputs and generate intelligent grammar based inputs. Echidna seamlessly integrates into developer workflows, runs thousands of generated inputs per second, and reduce test cases for easier manual analysis.

Mark Mossberg, Security Engineer in Trail of Bits

Mark Mossberg, a Security Engineer in Trail of Bits, recommended the following steps if you are developing a smart contract:

  • Review Not so Smart Contracts
    • Trail of Bits database of insecure Solidity code
    • Ensure your team learns from others mistakes
  • Run Slither on every new code checkin
    • Static analyzed/bug checker for Solidity
  • Write Echidna tests for new features
    • Solidity smart fuzzer/testing framework
    • Aim for 80% coverage or higher
  • Run Manticore for final verification
    • EVM analysis and verification tool
    • Discover any dangerous, obscure states

Alethio introduced its platform to capture and synthesize block data in real-time, presenting relevant information via clear and accessible dashboards. It uses data science & semantic modeling so users can clearly see what matters to them. Includes features like advanced block explorer, intuitive user interface, meaningful visualizations, real-time alerting, account timelines and smart contract analytics.

October 20th, 2017

It took place the first EEA NYC Meetup at Fordham University McNally Amphitheatre, 140 West 62nd Street New York. A brief update on the exciting things happening at EEA (Enterprise Ethereum Alliance) and working demos of products from members showcasing the results of the alliance’s work.

The event was moderated by Vanessa Grellet, Executive Director of Strategy, Enterprise & Social Impact at ConsenSys.

J.P. Morgan and Zcash publicly showcased for the first time the latest version of Quorum. The new features included the Zero-knowledge Security Layer that allows for cryptographically assured private settlement of digitized assets on Quorum.

ConsenSys introduced OpenLaw, demonstrating tools to begin managing large and complex legal transactions on a blockchain. OpenLaw showed how you can execute multiple legal agreements using blockchain technology and trigger the execution of multiple smart contracts, including smart contracts to transfer ether every minute and to transfer tokenized stock on a vesting schedule. ZirconTech is evaluating all emerging blockchain based legal technologies, and this was a great opportunity to interact with one of the key global lines of development.

The we had the opportunity to see Datarella, which developed for the United Nations World Food Programme an Ethereum based asset management and payment system to distribute aids. The system has been in use in the field for half a year. Building and deploying real-world applications shows us how important it is to push the blockchain to enterprise maturity.

Then we had more from the Brooklyn based ConsenSys, in this case they presented an overview of the user-centric uPort identity system and how it is currently being used today by ConsenSys Academy and governments around the world for projects, such as government attestations and document notarization. TuPort showcased functionalities like the ability to sign Ethereum transactions, manage attestations, and sign documents.

Finally, presented by TruSet’s Co-Founders, Tim Rice and Will Janensch, a demo showcased how member nodes can publish, validate, reach consensus, and consume a bond reference data record on the Ethereum blockchain.